Karen Crouse of the New York Times uses the retirement of Ben Crenshaw from Masters play to remember Herbert Warren Wind, coiner of Amen Corner, style maven and legendary golf writer. Thanks reader Hugh for sending this.
He used “Amen Corner” all of six times in the next 31 years, according to an online search of The New Yorker’s archives. Wind’s nephew, Bill Scheft, a staff writer on “Late Show With David Letterman,” was not surprised.
“Herb was like a comic who comes up with a bit and delivers it to an audience once,” Scheft said. “It was nothing he was going to repeat because he was always striving for better bits.”
Wind was once approached by two young writers asking about the origins of Amen Corner.
“I found it exceedingly awkward to tell them that I thought that I had given that famous stretch of course its appellation,” he wrote in Golf Digest.